[in-di-pen-duh nt] /ˌɪn dɪˈpɛn dənt/
not influenced or controlled by others in matters of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for oneself:
an independent thinker.
not subject to another’s authority or jurisdiction; autonomous; free:
an independent businessman.
not influenced by the thought or action of others:
not dependent; not depending or contingent upon something else for existence, operation, etc.
not relying on another or others for aid or support.
rejecting others’ aid or support; refusing to be under obligation to others.
possessing a competency:
to be financially independent.
sufficient to support a person without his having to work:
an independent income.
executed or originating outside a given unit, agency, business, etc.; external:
an independent inquiry.
working for oneself or for a small, privately owned business.
expressive of a spirit of independence; self-confident; unconstrained:
a free and independent citizen.
free from party commitments in voting:
the independent voter.
Mathematics. (of a quantity or function) not depending upon another for its value.
Grammar. capable of standing syntactically as a complete sentence:
an independent clause.
Compare (def 4), 1 (def 4).
(initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical. of or relating to the Independents.
an independent person or thing.
a small, privately owned business:
The conglomerates are buying up the independents.
Politics. a person who votes for candidates, measures, etc., in accordance with his or her own judgment and without regard to the endorsement of, or the positions taken by, any party.
(initial capital letter) Ecclesiastical. an adherent of Independency.
British. a Congregationalist.
independent of, irrespective of; regardless of:
Independent of monetary considerations, it was a promising position.
free from control in action, judgment, etc; autonomous
not dependent on anything else for function, validity, etc; separate: two independent units make up this sofa
not reliant on the support, esp financial support, of others
capable of acting for oneself or on one’s own: a very independent little girl
providing a large unearned sum towards one’s support (esp in the phrases independent income, independent means)
living on an unearned income
(maths) (of a system of equations) not linearly dependent See also independent variable
(logic, of a set of propositions)
an independent person or thing
a person who is not affiliated to or who acts independently of a political party
(in England) a member of the Congregational Church
of or relating to Independency
1610s, from in- (1) “not, opposite of” + dependent. French independant is attested from c.1600; Italian independente from 1590s. Noun meaning “person not acting as part of a political party” is from 1808. Related: Independently.
noun, Genetics. 1. .
noun 1. an audit of a company conducted by accountants from an outside accounting firm (distinguished from ).
noun, Logic, Mathematics. 1. in a set of axioms, one that cannot be proved by using the others in the set.
- Independent contractor
noun a worker who provides services to a company but is not an employee or agent of that company